Harrell hit hard by Trout, Angels in season debut

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2014 at 12:25 am •  Published: April 5, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) — Lucas Harrell's season debut was a forgettable one.

Hampered by control issues against a hard-hitting lineup, Harrell was rocked by Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels, who scored five runs in three innings en route to an 11-1 win Friday night over Houston.

"I thought my stuff was good, I just didn't locate," Harrell said. "With a lineup like that, they have so many good hitters you can't leave the ball over the plate like that."

Trout homered in the first, and Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun also played long ball in the latter innings to help the Los Angeles Angels get their first win of the season Kicking off his third full season with the Astros, Harrell (0-1) had hoped for better. He had won his 2012 debut and gave up only one run in six innings in his 2013 debut, a home loss to Texas.

But with Harrell's fastball finding its way over the plate, the Angels made him pay.

"I feel they did a good job with the balls that were left up in the zone," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "They were patient with their at-bats."

Harrell's five earned runs came on seven hits. He also walked three and struck out three.

The loss was the Astros' second straight after winning two out of three against the New York Yankees to open the season.

Harrell was not alone in his struggles. Right-hander Jerome Williams gave up six more runs, including a three-run homer by Hamilton in the sixth and a two-run blast by Calhoun in the seventh.

"The innings he gave us actually saved the rest of our bullpen," Porter said.

Neither pitcher enjoyed much run support. Jose Altuve had two hits and a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning off Garrett Richards.

The Astros loaded the bases in the fifth and sixth innings but were only able to get the one run as Richards struck out Marc Krauss to end the fifth and Fernando Salas struck out Marwin Gonzalez and induced an Alex Presley ground out to end the sixth.

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